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12 Creative Family Portraits. I thought we'd end the week with a collection of creative family portraits.

12 Creative Family Portraits

Though the holidays are now officially over (and there's no more Christmas "photo" cards to be made), you can still take pictures of your family in any number of creative ways. We've rounded up 10 ideas that include everything from simply layering your family's hands to using a small chalkboard as a prop. Our favorite idea is the one above, that just features colorful rain boots in the air. "Part of my sister's family holiday card for this year," states Kathy on Flickr. "6 kids and 1 mom. " For more fun photo ideas check out 13 Creative Photo Ideas Found on Pinterest or 8 Fantastic Photo Ideas You Can Do Right Now. Above photo credit: Kathy Wolfe Via: Pinterest Photo credit: Sarah L.

Photo credit: Justin Van Leeuwen Photo credit: Kevin N. Photo credit: Erik Christian. 15 Beautiful & Mystical Space Photos. These eerie, dark, pillar-like structures - part of the Eagle Nebula - are columns of cool, interstellar hydrogen gas and dust that serve as incubators for new stars - Hubble Space Telescope 1995.

15 Beautiful & Mystical Space Photos

On its 100,000th orbit of planet Earth, the Hubble Space Telescope peered into a small portion of the Tarantula Nebula near the star cluster NGC 2074, unveiling its stellar nursery. The region is a firestorm of raw stellar creation, triggered perhaps by a nearby supernova. 3. Wolf-Rayet Star The massive star a Wolf-Rayet star, is the bright blue one near the center of the nebula. 4. Magnificent spiral galaxy NGC 4565 is likely similar to our own spiral galaxy, but viewed edge-on from far away. 5. 22 Crazy Perspective Photos Taken With a GoPro Camera. Chances are that if you're into extreme sports, you already know about GoPro, the company that makes small, wearable, waterproof and shockproof cameras.

22 Crazy Perspective Photos Taken With a GoPro Camera

Founder Nick Woodman was inspired to start a company dedicated to adventure photography after a 2002 surfing trip to Australia. Hoping to capture incredible images, he soon discovered that high quality equipment could not be obtained for reasonable prices. 32 Pictures That Will Make You Say Awwwwwwww. 1150 Pixel Photography Magazine. In Focus. National Geographic Magazine’s annual photo contest is still open, but the deadline for submissions coming up on November 16, 2015.

In Focus

Photojournalist Louie Palu spent five years covering the war in Afghanistan, from 2006 to 2010, and has released a new documentary film titled Kandahar Journals, based on his writings and experience as a combat photographer. “Tilbakeblikk” is the name of a joint project between the Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute and Norsk Folkemuseum. The project uses photographs taken of the same places separated by long periods of time to illustrate landscape changes in Norway. Images of people parading, trick-or-treating, partying, or getting scared silly in haunted houses, dressed in spooky or whimsical costumes—from the U.S., China, Germany, Spain, Japan, France, and more.

Photographer Karen Marshall began photographing a group of girls in 1985—and hasn’t stopped. Lily Pond Lilies and Lotus Flower Paintography by Ray Bilcliff. Matt Wisniewski combines old and new in his beautiful photo collages. Some people create images to make a statement.

Matt Wisniewski combines old and new in his beautiful photo collages.

Others, like Matt Wisniewski, do it because it looks pretty. “It’s mostly just aesthetic,” explains the 21-year-old computer science student of his spectral photo collages. “Whatever looks nice, really.” Art for art’s sake is no new conceit. National Geographic Photo Contest 2011 - Alan Taylor - In Focus. National Geographic is currently holding its annual photo contest, with the deadline for submissions coming up on November 30.

National Geographic Photo Contest 2011 - Alan Taylor - In Focus

For the past nine weeks, the society has been gathering and presenting galleries of submissions, encouraging readers to vote for them as well. National Geographic was kind enough to let me choose among its entries from 2011 for display here on In Focus. Gathered below are 45 images from the three categories of People, Places, and Nature, with captions written by the individual photographers. [45 photos] Photo Gallery, Photo Galleries, Art Gallery, Photography, Buy Prints. Photo dictionary - photo/picture definition at Photo Dictionary in English.

Trees Cocooned in Webs After Flood. Photograph courtesy Russell Watkins, U.K. Department for International Development Trees shrouded in ghostly cocoons line the edges of a submerged farm field in the Pakistani village of Sindh, where 2010's massive floods drove millions of spiders and possibly other insects into the trees to spin their webs. These 50 Photos Will Blow you Away. Your Favorites - Enjoy! - Trey Ratcliff. What In The?!: INSANE Posed Ant Photography. Russian photographer Andrey Pavlov takes insane macro pictures of LIVE ants by spending hours and hours playing with them and posing them to get the perfect shot.

What In The?!: INSANE Posed Ant Photography

I...can't even believe half of them are real. Of course I have zero experience posing ants and have only burnt them with a magnifying glass, so maybe it's actually easier than I thought. Hit the jump for a smattering of the VERY worthwhile shots, and a link to the entire collection with a ton more. When Graphic Artists Get Bored - The Worthympic Games 7 [Worth1000]